Thursday, November 30, 2017

Journal Week #48

The prompt this week was circles.  Funny, I did circles last week.  Oh well, I love circles so not a problem.  This week I used a paste paper technique to create the background and then added the circles, lines and quote with a permanent marker.  The quote says 'Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."  Einstein

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

My bead journal for November is completed.  I absolutely love it.  Honestly, there was no way to go wrong with this one.  The Paula Nadelstern fabric base is so gorgeous.  I definitely need to make this into a bigger piece.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

A photo walk

Admittedly this is not a terribly interesting image but I am sharing it anyway.  It was a lovely afternoon for a walk with a dear friend.  One of those afternoons I will tuck away in my memory for years to come.  I am blessed to have this beautiful friend in my life.  We have shared many photo opportunities together and they are all the sweeter for having shared them her.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Additions to my odd quilt

I am working on a self portrait quilt, it is a bit odd/unique.  You can see it here.  It has taken me a while to figure out the 'hair'.  My middle son, Jeremy was home last weekend and we were talking about this piece.  I feel like I should give him some design credit as our discussion really helped me!  He is so smart!  I have attached charms, broken jewelry, a key etc. to chains and will stitch these to the piece.  This 'hair' will go up and out from the mask.  Kind of wild and funky.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Journal Prompt #47

The prompt this week was opposites.  I created this journal page with circles cut from colourful monoprints.  The middle circles I copied in black and white and applied them.  The quote I chose says 'Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process.' Roger von Oech.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is my stitch a day project for November.  I think most people are doing that challenge as one piece.  I would lose interest in the project if it was just one piece.  I am working on six-inch squares in each month.  That way these square might work with my 'sinchies' that I am doing for our guild challenge.  They may not work but at least I have the option of putting them all together since they are the same size. 
The base of this piece is a fabric and I added some transfer foil to it.   If you click on the photo you might be able to see the sheen of the foil better.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Artist in Residence

I have been selected as the Artist in Residence for the Ayr Library 2018.  How sweet it is to have this goal come to fruition. I hope it leads to more opportunities to be an artist in residence!  This residency will centre around creating an altered book with participation from the community.
 Region of Waterloo Library Announces 2018 Artist-in-Residence
Introducing me

The opening reception is Feb. 10, 2018, and I hope to see lots of family and friends there!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Working small

It has been three weeks since we started our kitchen renovation.  There doesn't seem to be an end in sight.  When working larger I use my dining room table but right now it is covered in kitchen things.  I am forced to work smaller right now.  That's okay, I can get a bit ahead of the sinchie guild challenge.  December is the colour purple and these are the components that I have created for it.  I am not exactly sure how it will all come together.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

The guild challenge for November is blue.  I had fun with this one!  Years ago I saved some blue plastic bags that our newspaper came in.  I decided it was time to use them.  I layered a bunch together and ironed them so that they fused/melted together and then cut a six-inch square.  I adhered some blue fabric scraps to a base and cut out the butterfly shape.  I added a bit of glitter to the edge of the wings because you got to have a bit of sparkle!  I hand stitched the middle of the butterfly to the base.  I bent the wings so that they sit up from the base.  Love how dimensional it looks!
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Monday, November 13, 2017

I heart Macro

'Then, one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.'  Ewan McGregor
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Playing with Colour

Oil pastel on fabric landscape.  Clearly not high realism!  High realism will never be my thing but I do love a good landscape.  I can't wait to do some hand stitching on this.  My goal is to get this finished in time to enter it in a local miniature quilt show.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Art Journal Prompt #45

The prompt this week is assemblage.  Not a prompt that is perfectly suited for a journal in my opinion.   I kept the components lightweight in an effort to make it work for my journal.  It was fun to play with colours that are not typical for me.   The background paper I created many years ago in a workshop.  I am making an attempt to use up some of my overflowing decorated papers.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is the start of my bead journal for November.  This is Paula Nadelstern fabric I bought at the spring shop hop.  I had planned to not buy any fabric on that shop hop.  I already have more fabric than I can use in my lifetime.  But when I saw this fabric I had to have it.  I decided if I am going to buy new fabric then I am going to use it and not put it away in my stash.  I think the beading is enhancing this beautiful design.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

I heart Macro

More rust and peeling paint.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.  Rumi

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Friday, November 3, 2017

October Bead Journal

Oh, how I love creating my bead journals.  The entire process starting with picking out the beads makes me happy.  I managed to capture the sheen of the silk but the colour is off.  It looks rather grey in this photo but in fact, it is green. I have a lovely mixture of glass, plastic, shell, metal and sequins in this piece.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Journal Week #44

The prompt this week was fall.  I had fun creating the background.  When doing a dyeing session with threads, fabrics etc. I usually use up the last bits of dye on paper.  This paper I crumpled up and poured the dyes onto it.  The texture and the rips in the paper pleases me.  I added the trees with oil pastel and the quote says 'None is richer than he who simply has peace of mind.' M. Wambebe

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Check out the Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt created at the Art Gallery of Burlington Blocks were created by needleworkers across our beautiful country and sent to Burlington.  I created the red maple leaf that is almost in the centre of the quilt.  You can see a close up of my beading/stitching on the block here  What an honour to have my work included in this quilt.  Originally my block was six inches square.  I guess they needed more blocks at 12 inches square and decided to make mine a bigger.  I haven't yet seen this quilt other than in photos.  I hope I get to!
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